Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Enchanted Blog Tour

How whimsical and cute is this new Enchanted Fabric line designed by Dodi Poulson for Riley Blake Designs
The color palette of navy blue, teal, mint 
and pinks are irresistible. 
The squirrel motive in one of the prints blends 
perfectly with the geometrics, polka dots and flowers.

I decided to make some 2" hexagons using 
the English Paper Piecing method.
The fabrics were so fun to fussy cut the 
motifs in this collection.

Pillows are such a great way to add 
color to any space in your home.
They are fun elements of added texture
to beds, chairs and sofas.

Once the hexagons were hand stitched they were 
placed on a whole cloth and machine stitched 
through the middle and outside edges of each hexagon.
The edge of the pillow is bound just like a quilt 
which gives it a nice finished look.

Thank you Dodi for such fun colors and 
designs that make sewing so enjoyable!


You could win a bundle of Enchanted fabric 
by visiting Dodi’s blog called Loose Threads 
( and leave a comment.
One entry per blog post, per day of the Blog Tour.
Enter every day to increase your chance of winning!!!
Check out all the designers gorgeous projects below!

Happy Sewing!!!

Jina xox

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, Jan 23rd - Little Londyn
Tuesday, Jan 24th - Jedi Craft Girl
Wednesday, Jan 25th –  Loose Threads
Thursday, Jan 26th - Meags and Me
Friday, Jan 27th - Pretty by Hand

Monday, Jan 30th - Tie Dye Diva
Tuesday, Jan 31st - Two Sisters as Squirrel Hallow
Wednesday, Feb 1st - Striped Swallow Designs
Thursday, Feb 2nd - Izzy and Ivy
Friday, Feb 3rd - Ellis and Higgs

Monday, Feb 6th – Aurifil
Tuesday, Feb 7th - The Crafty Quilter
Wednesday, Feb 8th - Two Sisters at Squirrel Hallow
Thursday, Feb 9th - Jina Barney Designz
Friday, Feb 10th - Riley Blake

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Quilt Petite Blog Hop

I am super excited to share what I have made from 
Sedef's new book called 
"Quilt Petite" 
published by Tuva Publishing.

This book is filled with charming, whimsical and quaint projects that are perfect for homemade gifts or for decorating your home.
Sedef has added details of care and love to each page of 
"Quilt Petite"

I used "On Trend" fabric designed by Jen Allyson 

I chose to make the Hexie Doll Quilt on page 35.
The first thing I needed to do was prepare the 
(39) 1 1/2" hexies for paper piecing.

I had fun deciding which prints to fussy cut for the hexies.

Sedef has you hand-quilt around each hexie...
which gives this project the charming handmade touch. 

I used Shari's Binding Babies to keep my binding organized and cute while I finished my hand sewing. 
You can find more information about these here.
I named my cute babies Thelma and Louise.

I LOVE how this Hexie Doll Quilt turned out!!! 
LOVE how quickly this project came together...and
LOVE how Sedef has you bind around all the edges 
which finishes this cute project!
I added some doll pillows and have written 
some simple instructions below.

These pillows fit the ikea bed like Sedef suggested using.
Doll Pillow Case
(this is for one pillowcase)
main fabric: 5" x 12" (floral)
trim fabric: 2" x 12" (mint)
end fabric: 5" x 12" (stripe)

Press the trim and end fabric pieces in half lengthwise.
Layer the main fabric, then the pressed trim fabric, 
then the pressed end fabric on top of each other. 
Raw edges should be facing to the outside.

Sew 1/4" seam allowance through all 3 layers. 
Press the trim and end fabrics to the outside. 

Fold in half, match seams. 
Sew along the bottom and up to the top of the pillowcase.

Pillow Insert
Cut 2 rectangles 5" x 6"
Sew with right sides together around all 4 edges. 
Leave a 2" opening. 
Turn right side out through opening. 
Stuff with toy stuffing or something similar. 
Stitch along the open edge with your machine 
or hand-stitch opening closed with a blind stitch.

Turn pillow case right side out. 
Place pillow insert inside the pillow case.

Bolster Doll Pillow 
main fabric: (1)6" x 10" (squares)
ruffle: (2)2" x 22" (mint)
end fabric: (2)3" x 12" (triangles)
20" piece of ribbon

Ruffle: Press ruffle fabric in half lengthwise.

Gather along the raw edges.
(scant less than 1/4" seam allowance so you can hide 
this gathering when you sew the final 1/4" seam)

End Fabric: Press under one edge on both end fabrics.
Press 1/4" then 1/4" again.
(this creates the casing for the ribbon to be threaded through)

Top-stitch along the edge creating a casing for the ribbon.

Layer the main fabric, then the ruffle, 
then the end fabric raw edges.
Pin to secure all layers.

Sew with a 1/4" seam allowance through all 3 layers.
Press ruffle and end fabric to the outside.
Top-stitch along the seam.

Repeat for the other side.
Trim all edges so they are even.
(optional: you can turn under the short end piece 
to create a nice finished edge on the casing. 
Do this at the very beginning.)

Start sewing right beneath the top-stitching of the end fabric. 
*Leave the casing ends open for threading the ribbon through.

Turn right side out.

Roll 6" strips of left over batting 
until it is about 3" in diameter.

Thread a 10" piece of ribbon through the end fabric casing. 
Cinch ribbon up firmly and tie in a bow.
Insert the 3" batting roll you just made.

Finish by threading the other ribbon through the 
other end of the Bolster Pillow roll.

Such a cute fun Hexie Doll Quilt!
Sedef's instructions were easy to read and follow.

I especially loved how the hexies created a pocket for the doll to lay inside all cozy and warm.

I loved how Sedef added the pom pom trim.
I used a mini pom pom trim.

Be sure to check out all the amazing makers who have created projects from Sedef's beautiful book "Quilt Petite"
Their links are below.
There is also a giveaway for the "Quilt Petite" book.
Check here for details.

Thank you for stopping by to check out this fun sewing project!!!

I hope you feel inspired to sew and create.


Happy Sewing!

Jina xox

November 6: Sedef at Down Grapevine Lane (intro + giveaway)
November 7: Wynn at Zakka Art
November 8: Sarah at A Little Happy Place
November 9: Bridgette at The Family Hearth
November 10: Heidi at Fabric Mutt
November 11: Minki at Minki's Work Table
November 12: Ange at A Little Patchwork
November 13: Lauren at Molly and Mama
November 14: Michelle at Cole & Taffy
November 15: Nadra at Ellis & Higgs
November 16: Amy at Nana Company
November 17: Faith at Sarana Ave
November 18: Debbie at Happy Little Cottage
November 19: Erin at Why Not Sew
November 20: Amanda at Jedi Craft Girl
November 21: Melissa at Oh How Sweet
November 22: Stacy at Stacy Olson Design
November 23: Ayda at Cafe Nohut
November 24: Peta at She Quilts A Lot
November 25: Amanda at A Crafty Fox
November 26: Keera at Live Love Sew
November 27: Sharon at Lilabelle Lane
November 28: Kate at The Homemakery
November 29: Jemima at Tied With A Ribbon
November 30: Jodie at Ric Rac
December 1: Anorina at Samelia's Mum
December 2: Alisha at Ministry of Fabric
December 3: Xanthe at Wife-made
December 4: Cheri at Tinker With This
December 5: Kristyne at Pretty By Hand
December 6: Kimberly at Fat Quarter Shop
December 7: Veronica at Vivid Felicity
December 8: Shari at Doohikey Designs
December 9: Jina at Jina Barney Designz this is me!
December 10: Emma at Emma Jean Jansen
December 11: Sedef at Down Grapevine Lane (wrap up + giveaway winner)

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Road Trip Blog Tour

It's time for the Road Trip Blog Tour 
with Kelly Panacci 
for Riley Blake Designs!!!

Kelly Panacci's grandson could not be any 
cuter in his owl knitted hat 
set against a camping background. 
If you would like to see more of 
Kelly's inspiration for this 
cute camping line 
please check out her website here 
to read her story! 

The colors and prints in this Road Trip Fabric 
are rich and wonderful!
Rich greens, blues and reds with a pop of aqua 
bring all the cute campers and animals to life!!!

Kelly challenged us all to come up with something 
that we would take along on a road trip.
Of course, I can't go any where without a bag.
(LOL... so far everyone on the blog tour has needed a bag)
I first made a bag with 2 1/2" squares 
so I could show off all the cute designs that Kelly created. 
I was able to fussy cut the small prints for each 2 1/2" square.
Each square was sewn together into 
rows of 5 across and 10 down. 
I quilted the squares 1/4" inside the 
seam on my sewing machine.
Once the squares were sewn together 
I stitched the sides then boxed the bottom.
The lining was made exactly the same. 
There is a casing at the top where the cording is threaded through.
Super easy and a great way to carry extra supplies or your lunch!

The pockets on the outside of the large bag are 1 1/2" strips sewn together to create a log cabin block. The center of the log cabin block is a 2 1/2" fussy cut square to show of the cute animals and campers in this fabric line.

I loved using the Flex-Foam Sew-In made by Pellon. 
It is lightweight and long lasting for flexibility and 
doesn't leave wrinkles in your fabric. 
It gives your bag a wonderful, finished, clean look.

It's fun to be able to see how large 
this bag is with comparison to an adult. 
It's a fabulous travel size that will 
just about carry everything 
you need for an overnight stay.

The fun tassel which hangs from the handle of the bag is made from a spool with some 1/4" binding wrapped around the spool and finished with a antique button at the front. There is a piece of fabric threaded through the middle and pieces of torn fabric tied and hanging from the bottom.

Kelly thank you so much for letting me be part of your 
Road Trip Blog Tour. 
I had so much playing with the amazing colors 
and fun whimsical designs you created. 
With the scraps I have left 
I want to make a few more cosmetic bags 
to organize inside my larger bag. 
You can never have enough bags!!!

Thank you for joining me for the Road Trip Blog Tour.
A special thanks to Kelly for inviting me to play with her
 beautiful fabric!!!
You can see more of this fabric line here 

Hopefully you feel inspired to go 
and sew something fun today!

Happy Sewing!!!

Jina xox

Check out the designers below to see their fun Road Trip projects!

ROAD TRIP Mini Blog Tour and Give-Aways

 Nov. 3 - Kelly Panacci Inc.
Nov. 15 - Carla Peicheff